Fragile Nature

Her spawning complete, a female sockeye salmon spends her final hours out of the current too swift for her to stay upright. After spawning, salmon stay and guard their nests for as long as they can before they weaken and die. Their decaying bodies provide a nutritional bloom for the stream, feeding aquatic invertebrates, which in turn become a food source for hatchling salmon in the months ahead. (Image ID: FIS001-00041)

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